Oxygen mask facials are a new addition to medical spas and salons. During an oxygen mask facial, the skin is treated with a variety of creams and cleansers before a fitted plastic mask is placed on the face. A pump attached to the mask delivers pure oxygen to the face before the skin is again treated with a series of oxygen-rich creams and moisturizers.


Acne

The bacteria and germs that contribute to the proliferation of acne cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment. A normal concentration of oxygen is typically not enough to impact acne, but the high levels of oxygen provided in an oxygen mask facial reduce the size and number of acne breakouts. Though the facials provide immediate results in terms of reduction of redness and swelling, only consistent treatments can ensure long-lasting results. Also, the wounds of acne are prone to bacterial infection due to exposure. Oxygen increases the effectiveness of cellular metabolism, a factor that increases the speed of healing and reduces the risk of infections.

Signs of Aging

As skin cells begin to lose or weaken their regenerative properties, the surface skin looses its elasticity. Reduced elasticity contributes to the development of the wrinkles and creases associated with aging. Oxygen mask facials provide skin cells with a boost of oxygen that revitalizes cell health and promotes the cell’s natural regenerative capabilities. The result is a face that appears fuller and tighter, though the immediate results fade after two to three weeks. However, consistency in applications reduces the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.

Stress

Facial massages reduce anxiety and elevate positive moods as demonstrated by a 2008 study by researchers at the User Science Institute of Kyushu University. Oxygen mask facials are typically combined with additional treatments that promote relaxation and reduce stress. Prior to the application of the mask, a technician may apply an aromatic facial cleanser. During the treatment, many salons offer guests a selection of aromatic oils for the room. The skin is then treated with a moisturizer and, occasionally, an oxygen-rich facial cream. The combination of oxygen facial and massage create a relaxing experience.

Sensitive Skin

Traditional facials to treat skin problems often involve a combination of scented creams and harsh abrasive chemicals. People with sensitive skin experience negative reactions such as redness, swelling and rashes that combat the benefits of the facial. An oxygen mask facial uses a limited number of chemical skin treatments, if any are used at all. An oxygen mask facial on its own uses only a supply of high concentrated oxygen that should not negatively impact people with allergies or sensitive skin.